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I’ve curated some of the most popular and time-tested articles on this page so you can easily find those that are most useful to you right now. There’s more than 200 free articles and videos on my blog.
- Take the quiz: What stage is your brand in?
- Human Centered Branding: Filling the Gap between Personal & Corporate Branding
- Who the Hell needs “branding”? Here’s how to get noticed, your way.
- Easy & Free Brand Health Check for Your Service Business
- Struggling with your brand strategy? Start here.
- How to brand your business on a budget
- Hyperfocused vs. holistic brand: which one is better for you?
- Why you can’t separate “business” and “personal” – Introduction to Core Values
- 6 branding myths that may be holding back your business
- Branding is a journey, not a one-off project
- Can great branding really help you earn more money?
- Top 11 Easy-to-fix Beginner Design Mistakes (with visual examples)
- 5 Rules of Elegant Logo Design
- Is your logo sending the right message?
- My logo & brand identity design process explained
- One logo design concept, one revision: why this method works
- How to encourage constructive design feedback (video)
- The difference between the $100 logos, $1.000 logos and $10.000 logos
- My Design Philosophy
- Branding guidelines (style guides) demystified
- Beginner’s Guide to Visual Design Services
- 6 signs you need a new logo (and the story of my logo redesign)
- Marketing is an art form: Creative rebel’s guide to self-promotion
- How can selling services be easy?
- Stop chasing clients: 4 effective alternatives to cold pitching
- It’s all about who you know
- How to know when to quit a marketing practice
- How to be a remarkable blogger and attract loyal readers
- 26 creative ways to share your individuality online
- My best tip: how to never miss a weekly blog post
- People over numbers (and why I’ll never have pop-ups on my website)
Small Business Tips
- Nela’s ultimate list of 34 freelancing tips
- How to get clients to see you as an expert
- Real friends pay full price
- If you love your work, charge more.
- Creative professionals: design your client process
- My journey of self-publishing a non-fiction book (4-part series)
- Dream Clients: Myth or Reality?
- 15 ways to infuse creativity into your boring business tasks
- Top 10 things you can do when your creative business is slow
- How to bring back the passion – 5 key conditions for fulfilling creative work
- Turning down client work when you really need the money
- My complete list of creative, business & productivity tools
- The Ethical Impact of Your Creative Business
- How to stand out through exceptional client service
Productivity & Wellbeing
- How to reduce communication overwhelm in your service business
- Dealing with creative burnout
- A simple tip for better creative productivity
- My Top 5 Tips For Preventing Time Suck & Increasing Productivity
- How to overcome information addiction
- The real reason you suck at planning
- Productivity Tips from a Hopeless Procrastinator
- 5 ways to use meditation as a productivity technique
- Mind Detox Retreat — A Cure For Burnout And Overload
- How to handle a crazy influx of ideas and keep them organized
- Devoted to wholeness instead of pursuing success
- What will people think? 10 steps to overcoming your fear of visibility
- The Meaning of Failure
- The right-brained lie and the false creative-logical divide
- On being in the Process
- How to overcome Resistance: A visual metaphor
- Maybe you’re not meant to be a specialist
- Find your own answers & solve problems through journaling
Creativity & Art
- Creativity in digital isolation
- How to balance personal & commercial creative work
- Doorways of inspiration
- Stop comparing your art to others
- How to deal with online art theft
- The challenge of (re)starting a creative practice
- What’s in your creative wellness toolbox?
- How to take great sketchbook photos
- Artist’s guide to designing attractive blog images
- Why I Think Every Visual Creative Should Keep A Sketchbook (+ Video sketchbook flip)
- Art & creativity for mental health & wellbeing
My Creative Process (step by step)
- Nela’s Art Chat series of process videos (drawing & painting)
- The making of “Santa Muerte” photomanipulation
- Painting process video: Making of “Nourishing Heart”
- Aqua Lady sketching process video
- Step by step hand-lettering process: “Moonlight”
- How I paint skin tones in acrylic
- Hand lettering process: “Everything is an art project”
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